National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is from February 13 – 19. No matter your age, your heart is an important part of your overall health and in preventing and reducing the effects of heart disease.
According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death among men, women and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. In fact, someone has a heart attack about every 40 seconds, resulting in about 805,000 heart attacks a year.
The traditional risk factors for heart disease include obesity, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Stress levels, sleeping patterns, diet and alcohol consumption can also impact your risk for heart disease, as well as your genetic family history.
It is important to talk with your doctor to understand your heart health and to take action to reduce your risk for developing heart disease.
If you’re looking to exercise more as a way to improve your heart health, the Yonkers Public Library hosts several fitness programs on a weekly basis, such as:
- Qi Gong for Beginners, Mondays at 10:00 AM on Zoom
- Yin Yoga with Shannon Reilly, Mondays at 2:00 PM on Zoom
- Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Mondays at 6:00 PM at the Will Library
- Workout with Coach Elaine, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM on Zoom
- Zumba Class, Tuesdays at 6:00 PM on Zoom
- Body/Mind Fitness with Helena, Wednesdays at 9:00 AM on Zoom
- Yoga for Yogis with Mandy Engelke, Thursdays at 9:00 AM on Zoom
- Meditation and Chair Yoga with Nancy Guzman, Fridays at 9:00 AM on Zoom
There are several other health and wellness programs available throughout the year at YPL, but here are a few more going on this month!
- Hustle for that Muscle with Coach Charlie, Saturday Feb. 18 at 12:30 PM at the Crestwood Library
- Relax & Restore Sound Meditation with Michelle Clifton, Wednesday Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM on Zoom
- Pilates on the Mat with Alina, Saturday Feb. 25 at 9:00 AM on Zoom
- Feeding Westchester Food Fun: Fabulous February on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 PM on Zoom
You can also check out a blood pressure cuff kit at your local branch from the Library of Things. One kit is allowed per library card and kits must be returned to the circulation desk.
Check out some of these books to read up on heart health, the impacts of heart disease and ways to improve your overall health.
Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.